The Texas Special, a joint effort of the Frisco and the Katy, entered service between St. Louis and Texas in May, 1948.


From the pages of the Official Guide, December 1948

Frisco Lines heraldMissouri-Kansas-Texas Ry. herald

The Texas Special

St. Louis-San Francisco Ry. (Frisco Lines)
Missouri-Kansas-Texas RR Co. (Katy Lines)
November, 1948

Through Sleeper New York-San Antonio
3 Connecting Train Number (Pennsylvania RR) 4
7 35P Dp 0.0 New York, NY (Penna. Sta.) (ET) Ar 7 25A
R 9 06P 85.9 North Philadelphia, PA D 5 46A
8 00A 630.2 Columbus, OH (ET) D 6 38P
3 00P Ar 1050.6 St. Louis, MO (CT) Dp 9 45A
Through Sleeper Washington-San Antonio
1 Connecting Train Number (Baltimore & Ohio) 2
6 30P Dp 0.0 Washington, DC (ET) Ar 7 40A
7 30A Dp 543.9 Cincinnati, OH (ET) Ar 6 00P
1 20P Ar 882.0 St. Louis, MO (CT) Dp 9 55A
1 Train Number 2
Daily Miles (St. Louis-San Francisco Ry.) Services Daily
5 30P Dp 0.0 St. Louis, MO (CT) C R Ar 8 30A
5 40P 3.3 Tower Grove, MO C 8 15A
10.1 Webster Groves, MO D 8 03A
R 7 43P 110.7 Rolla, MO C D 6 12A
7 59P Ar 119.2 Newburg, MO C Dp 5 58A
8 03P Dp Ar 5 54A
R 9 24P 181.9 Lebanon, MO C D 4 41A
10 30P Ar 239.3 Springfield, MO C Dp 3 39A
10 45P Dp Ar 3 24A
F11 40P 283.0 Monett, MO C F 2 35A
N Ar 349.1 Afton, OK Dp N
(Missouri-Kansas-Texas)
N Dp 360.7 Vinita, OK Ar N
2 10A Ar 425.3 Muskogee, OK C M Dp 12 05A
2 25A Dp Ar 11 50P
3 29A 487.7 McAlester, OK C M 10 45P
4 45A 563.1 Durant, OK C 9 32P
5 10A Ar 582.6 Denison, TX C M Dp 9 10P
31 Connecting Train Number (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) 32
6 30A Dp 0.0 Denison, TX Ar 8 20P
7 15A 24.8 Whitesboro, TX 7 30P
10 45A Ar 129.3 Wichita Falls, TX (CT) Dp 4 15P
11 Fort Worth Section 12
6 20A Dp 582.6 Denison, TX C M Ar 8 35P
F 6 37A 591.3 Pottsboro, TX
F 6 55A 603.5 Sadler, TX
7 05A 607.4 Whitesboro, TX C 7 50P
F 625.7 Pilot Point, TX C F
7 50A 643.3 Denton, TX C 7 00P
8 45A Ar 679.1 Fort Worth, TX (CT) C R Dp 6 10P
1 Dallas/San Antonio Section 2
5 25A Dp 582.6 Denison, TX C M Ar 8 55P
6 24A 634.7 Greenville, TX C 7 56P
7 23A 685.0 Highland Park, TX X 6 58P
7 35A Ar 688.9 Dallas, TX C R Dp 6 50P
7 50A Dp Ar 6 35P
9 55A Ar 788.6 Waco, TX C Dp 4 31P
10 05A Dp Ar 4 21P
10 50A 823.1 Temple, TX C 3 40P
D 866.4 Georgetown, TX C R 2 42P
12 40P 898.6 Austin, TX C 1 45P
D 929.6 San Marcos, TX C R 1 02P
D 946.4 New Braunfels, TX C R12 41P
2 45P Ar 981.7 San Antonio, TX (CT) C R Dp 12 01P

Train 1 (St. Louis-San Antonio): 19 stops, 21:15, 46.2 MPHTrain 1-11 (St. Louis-Fort Worth): 15 stops, 15:15, 44.5 MPH

Train 2 (San Antonio-St. Louis): 20 stops, 20:29, 47.9 MPHTrain 12-2 (Fort Worth-St. Louis): 14 stops, 14:20, 47.4 MPH




Note: The Fort Worth section of the Texas Special operates combined with the Fort Worth section of The Bluebonnet soutbound between Denison and Fort Worth.

(Frisco Lines Notes)

NEW YORK-WASHINGTON-ST. LOUIS TO TEXAS

No. 1 Streamlined Texas Special

Ready to receive passengers at 5:00 p.m. in the St. Louis Union Station.

Sleeping Cars—

St. Louis to Fort Worth—(14 Roomettes, 4 Double Bedrooms). Car 18.

St. Louis to Dallas—(14 Roomettes, 4 Double Bedrooms). Cars 14 and 16.

New York to San Antonio—(14 Roomettes, 4 Double Bedrooms or 10 Roomettes, 5 Double Bedrooms). Car 15. Pennsylvania R.R. No. 3.

Washington to San Antonio (14 Roomettes, 4 Double Bedrooms). Car 12. B. & O. R.R. No. 1.

St. Louis to San Antonio (Conventional 12-Section, 1 Drawing-room). Car 17.

St. Louis to San Antonio—(1 Drawing-room, 2 Double Bedrooms) Observation-Lounge. Car 11. Every third day a full lounge car without sleeping accommodations is operated in lieu of Car 11.

Dining Cars—

St. Louis to Springfield.

Muskogee to San Antonio.

Lounge-Observation Car—

St. Louis to San Antonio.

Chair-Lounge-Buffet Car—

St. Louis to San Antonio.

Reclining Chair Cars (Seats Free)

St. Louis to San Antonio.

St. Louis to Fort Worth.


TEXAS TO ST. LOUIS-WASHINGTON-NEW YORK

No. 2 Streamlined Texas Special

Sleeping Cars—

Fort Worth to St. Louis—(14 Roomettes, 4 Double Bedrooms). Car 28.

Dallas to St. Louis—(14 Roomettes, 4 Double Bedrooms). Cars 24 and 26.

San Antonio to New York—(14 Roomettes, 4 Double Bedrooms or 10 Roomettes, 5 Double Bedrooms). Car 25. Pennsylvania R.R. No. 4.

San Antonio to Washington (14 Roomettes, 4 Double Bedrooms). Car 22. B. & O. R.R. No. 2.

San Antonio to St. Louis (Conventional 12-Section, 1 Drawing-room). Car 27.

San Antonio to St. Louis—(1 Drawing-room, 2 Double Bedrooms) Observation-Lounge. Car 21. Every third day a full lounge car without sleeping accommodations is operated in lieu of Car 21.

Dining Cars—

San Antonio to Muskogee.

Springfield to St. Louis.

Lounge-Observation Car—

San Antonio to St. Louis.

Chair-Lounge-Buffet Car—

San Antonio to St. Louis.

Reclining Chair Cars (Seats Free)

San Antonio to St. Louis.

Fort Worth to St. Louis.


Chair cars between St. Louis and Texas have the famed "Sleepy Hollow" seats providing head-to-toe luxury...a marvel seat that lets the entire body relax...at no extra fare!

(Missouri-Kansas-Texas Notes)

SLEEPING, CHAIR AND DINING CARS—Southbound

No. 1-11. STREAMLINER TEXAS SPECIAL.

Lounge Car...[11] St. Louis to San Antonio via Dallas—Observation.

Sleeping Cars...[12] Washington to San Antonio via St. Louis, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms (on B. & O. No. 1 to St. Louis).

[14] St. Louis to Dallas, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms.

[15] New York to San Antonio, via St. Louis, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms (on Penna. No. 3 to St. Louis).

[16] St. Louis to Dallas, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms.

[17] St. Louis to San Antonio via Dallas, 12 Sections, 1 Drawing-room.

[18] St. Louis to Fort Worth, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms (on No. 27 Denison to Fort Worth).

Dining Cars...St. Louis to Springfield.

Muskogee to San Antonio via Dallas.

Chair Cars...St. Louis to San Antonio via Dallas.

St. Louis to Fort Worth.

Denison to Wichita Falls (on No. 31 from Denison).

Lounge Coach...Coach-Lounge-Buffet Car St. Louis to San Antonio via Dallas.


SLEEPING, CHAIR AND DINING CARS—Northbound

No. 2-12. STREAMLINER TEXAS SPECIAL.

Lounge Car...[21] San Antonio to St. Louis via Dallas—Observation.

Sleeping Cars...[22] San Antonio to Washington via St. Louis, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms. (On B. & O. No. 2 from St. Louis.)

[24] Dallas to St. Louis, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms.

[25] San Antonio to New York via St. Louis, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms. (On Pennsylvania No. 4 to New York.)

[26] Dallas to St. Louis, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms.

[27] San Antonio to St. Louis via Dallas, 12 Sections, 1 Drawing-room.

[28] Fort Worth to St. Louis, 14 Roomettes, 4 Bedrooms.

Dining Cars...San Antonio to Muskogee via Dallas.

Springfield to St. Louis.

Chair Cars...San Antonio to St. Louis via Dallas.

Fort Worth to St. Louis.

Wichita Falls to Denison (On No. 32 from Wichita Falls.)

Lounge Coach...Coach-Lounge-Buffet Car San Antonio to St. Louis via Dallas.


All Assigned Cars Shown On These Pages Are Air-Conditioned

Know Your Pullmans

All regularly assigned sleeping cars on Katy Lines are numbered. Car 16, for example, is invariably a 14 Roomette, 4 Bedroom car operating on the Texas Special between St. Louis and Dallas. Reservations are made accordingly.

On these pages sleeping car numbers are featured for your guidance. It is a good idea to check your reservations to be sure your space has been properly assigned.


Famous!
Table d'Hote Meals
A feature of
Katy Dining Car Service!
Breakfast: $1.00 to $1.50
Luncheon: $1.50 to $1.85
Dinner: $1.85 to $2.75

Our good friend Mr. Clyde Howard has plugged the dining car prices above into an inflation calculator and translated them into current [2007] dollars. The breakfast prices he computes as equivalent to $8.42-$12.63 in 2007 dollars. The lunch prices are $12.63-$15.58 and dinner prices are $15.58 to $23.43 by the same standard. He notes that, "Diners weren't really all that cheap, were they?" True, dining cars were seldom places to purchase a truly cheap meal, but for the rest of the story there is another ad in the Katy section, which I did not publish, which touts "discount" meals available at a price of 75 for breakfast, $1.00 for lunch, and $1.15 for dinner. Those compute to an inflation-adjusted equivalent of $6.32, $8.42, and $9.69 respectively—more in line with what we today might consider a "discount" meal.